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Jane Kenway is a Professorial Fellow with the Australian Research Council, a Professor in the Education Faculty at Monash University and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; Australia. She has won many prestigious grants for her research. Her research expertise is in socio-cultural studies of education in the context of wider social and cultural change. Her more recent jointly written books are Masculinity Beyond the Metropolis (Palgrave, 2006), Haunting the Knowledge Economy (Routledge 2006) and Consuming Children: Education-Advertising-Entertainment, (Open University Press, 2001). Her more recent jointly edited books are (2009) Globalising the Research Imagination, (2009) Routledge, Innovation and Tradition: the Arts and Humanities in the Knowledge Economy (2004) and Globalising Education: policies, pedagogies and politics (2005) both Peter Lang. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles including in British Journal of the Sociology of Education, Gender and Education, Journal of Education Policy, Social and Cultural Geography, Globalisation, Education and Societies, Emotion, Space and Society, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. She leads the international team conducting the five year research project called Elite independent schools in globalising circumstances: a multi-sited global ethnography.

See the website http://www.education.monash.edu.au/research/projects/elite-schools/index.html

Research interests

Education policy particularly in relation to globalisation and socio-cultural change
Socio-cultural studies of diverse youthful identities and education
Education, media and consumer cultures
Elite Schools around the world and the formation of transnational elites

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions